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Study: Risky Sedative Prescriptions for Older Adults Vary Widely

 
Despite years of warnings that older adults shouldn’t take sedative drugs that put them at risk of injury and death, a new study reveals how many primary care doctors are still prescribing them, how often, and where the practice is […]

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Study: Doctors Reduced Opioid Prescriptions after Learning of Patient Overdose

 
Will clinicians become more careful in prescribing opioids if they are made of aware of the risks of these drugs first-hand? That was one of the core questions researchers set out to explore in a new study published in the […]

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Special Report: Physician Leadership is Boosting War on Opioids

 
MONTGOMERY – According to a new report by the American Medical Association, physicians have taken the lead in the nation’s battle on opioids by lowering the number of opioid prescriptions they write, making better use of state prescription drug monitoring […]

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UPDATE: BCBS New Opioid Management Strategy Effective April 1

UPDATED MARCH 21, 2018 — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is launching an opioid management strategy in an effort to battle the growing opioid epidemic in Alabama, as well as a response to concerns for customers’ care and […]

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Study: Range of Opioid Prescribers Play Important Role in Epidemic

 
A cross-section of opioid prescribers that typically do not prescribe large volumes of opioids, including primary care physicians, surgeons and non-physician health care providers, frequently prescribe opioids to high-risk patients, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns […]

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CVS Pharmacy, Others to Limit Prescriptions for Opioids

 
Beginning in February 2018, CVS Pharmacy will limit the dose of opioid pain medication and restrict new prescriptions for acute pain to a 7-day supply, which adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for prescribing opioids. This […]

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Opioid Prescribing Still High and Varies Widely Throughout U.S.

 
Opioid prescribing in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease […]

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STUDY: Patients Prescribed Opioids in the ER Less Likely to Use Them Long Term

 
WASHINGTON – Compared to other medical settings, emergency patients who are prescribed opioids for the first time in the emergency department are less likely to become long-term users and more likely to be prescribed these powerful painkillers in accordance with […]

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Trump: Opioid Epidemic “Worst Drug Crisis” in U.S. History

 
President Trump called the opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis” to strike the U.S. in its history while declaring a public health emergency – not a national emergency as promised earlier in the summer. According to the Centers for Disease […]

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Opioid Prescribing Still High and Varies Widely Throughout U.S.

Opioid prescribing in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease […]

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